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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Placid Jordan; Max Jordan; Jordan, Max; Placidus Jordan; Jordan, Placidus

Jordan, Placid, Fr., O.S.B., (Max Jordan) 1895-1977  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964
Volume: 7 item(s); 8 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Placid Jordan was a Benedictine monk of Beuron Abbey in Germany. He had quite a storied past as a journalist. A convert to Catholicism in 1924, Max Jordan was one of the pioneering news reporters for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the United States. He broke many of the stories concerning Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany in the 1930's and followed the anti-Hitler underground through the duration of World War II. Based on his experiences of the war, Jordan wrote the book Beyond All Fronts: A Bystander's Notes on This Thirty Years War. After the war, as many of his colleagues rose to prominence, Jordan joined a Swiss congregation of Benedictines at Beuron Abbey in Germany in the year 1954. He took the name Placid. He would again don a journalistic role in covering the Second Vatican Council, working for the news service of the National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC). (Sources: McLeod, Elizabeth. "Max Jordan -- NBC's Forgotten Pioneer". Broadcasting History Resources website. 1998. ‹›, accessed 2005/05/06. See also student newspaper clipping in correspondence folder of 1962/01/16.)

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to Jordan in The School of Charity, pp. 236-237; and see also "Pachomius, Fr." file.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1962/01/16 other   THE UBYSSEY [sic] Writer-monk speaks at UBC [-] A man who won journalistic acclaim during World [University of British Columbia student newspaper clipping from 1962/01/16 - copy printed from website of the University Archives providing background information on Placid Jordan] «detailed view»
2. 1964/08/08 TAL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your good letter from Switzerland. I am glad you received the two mimeographed «detailed view»
3. 1964/08/no? TLS to Merton I have just received two mimeographed articles, one entitled "The Monk in the Diaspora", the other «detailed view»
4. 1964/09/12 TL[c] from Merton Fr Pachomius of Erlach writes that he has heard from you, and that while he has translated a short «detailed view»
5. 1964/09/22 TLS to Merton Thank you kindly for your letter of September 12th. I am now in Rome helping NCWC cover the Council «detailed view»
6. 1964/09/28 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for your good letter from Rome. It was helpful in more ways than one because now I have «detailed view»
7. 1964/12/30 TLS to Merton You were most kind replying to my last letter from Rome. Your letter of December 12th caught up «detailed view»

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